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Swimmers start by diving off blocks. After that, swimmers glide underwater for several seconds. Next, they come up to the surface. They take a breath. Then they start their stroke.

Swimmers need to swim with their heads in the water. Otherwise they would move too slowly. But swimmers also have to make sure to breathe. They lift their faces out of the water at a specific point in each stroke. This helps them swim quickly through the water.

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Making Connections


If you were going to swim in a race, which stroke would you use? Why?


Have you read books about other sports? How are those sports similar to swimming? How are they different?


Swimmers need to follow rules to stay safe. Why do you think it is important to follow rules?

Teacher Resources

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